Afghanistan, Iran determined to expand economic ties

Date of Publication : Thursday 17 January 2008 10:06
 Tehran, Jan 15
Iranian and Afghan officials here Tuesday explored ways to expand economic ties between the two countries.
Head of Trade Promotion Organization of Iran (TPOI) Mehdi Ghazanfari and Chairman of Afghanistan Investment Support Agency (AISA) Omar Zakhilwal expressed their governments' determination to expand bilateral trade and economic ties.
The Afghan official noted that Afghanistan implements dlrs 1.5 to 2 billion for civil, dam, road, silo and house-building projects per annum, and that given the commonalties in religion, culture, language and traditions, Iran can participate in significant number of the projects.
Iran and Afghanistan were scheduled to establish joint trade centers, he said, noting that Afghan government is ready to fully cooperate with Iranian trade officials.
Ghazanfari, for his part, said that TPOI has various programs to expand economic exchanges with Afghanistan, including holding regular meetings between both countries' businessmen and trade officials.
TPOI has appointed an advisor to exchange trade information with a foreign consultant in order to expand commercial ties with other countries, he said, proposing that other nations, whose consultants are in Iran, can also select advisors for the same purpose.  
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